I’m happy to be back for Sara Walter Ellwood’s Sneak Peek Sunday where the rules are simple. Post a six paragraph excerpt. Last week, we met Cal Delaney, the bounty hunter hero from Broken Vows, a marriage of convenience Western romance set in 1878 Fort Worth, Texas.
This week, Cal meets his match, Rachel Girard.
Rachel is a strong-willed young lady who has received an ultimatum from her equally strong-willed father. Find a husband, fast, or risk losing her birthright, the sprawling Elena Rose cattle ranch she loves more than life itself.
All at once, a hush fell over the saloon. Heads turned and men gaped at an attractive, obviously respectable young woman as she stepped inside the bar room. When Big Bart’s fingers stilled on the piano keys, the room fell dead silent.
She stood like a princess, tall, aloof, and unsmiling. Even from where he sat, Cal could see the ethereal color of her eyes as her pale green gaze swept the room. For a jarring moment, those eyes connected with his, and something like recognition flickered between them. But that was impossible. Cal had never met her before. He would have remembered her.
She blinked, then abruptly looked away, and that slip was the only sign of self-doubt he could detect. He read in those eyes that she was young, not in her teens, but young; much younger than her assured manner indicated. What was a girl like that doing in a place like this?
A huge Mexican entered behind her. Beneath his ragged cowpuncher’s garb, Cal figured he packed about 230 pounds of pure muscle. The Mexican glared at the crowd and most of the men wisely returned to their former distractions. The murmur of conversation resumed, and Big Bart started tapping out the first notes of “Yellow Rose of Texas.”
Ezra’s voice intruded on Cal’s thoughts. “You want to put your eyes back in your head? Are you going to call or throw in?”
Cal ignored the question. “Who is she?”
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